posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 06:37 PM
I read an interesting article today in the local paper. A minister had just returned from over there (he was there for a week in the last part of
January). He was in Thailand. He states that there are mountains of donated items that the people really can't use. One thing in particular struck
him that there were 1000's of hair dryers. He said, the people have electricity, but when there is nothing left around you and death in the air,
fixing your hair is last on the list. So this heap of blow dryers are sitting there.
Here's what happened, according to this preacher, in Thailand. The King's nephew (I think that's right) died in the tsunami, so he immediately was
personally touched by the horrific loss of life. From this personal experience, the king has been very generous to any and all who have lost their
homes. BUT, there is this mass of humanity whose homes are still there. Now, these homes are gutted, entire sections missing, and by even the lowest
standards we could come up with - uninhabitable. BUT, if you have a structure remaining, there is no assistance for you. According to this minister,
no one is starving (I believe there are places even those with a "structure" can get sustenance, but that's it). And you have to remember, these
people's livelihoods were washed away.
The minister's message was - they need MONEY. The typical worker salary in this area was $25 USD per week. He had about $3500 on him when they went
over. At one point in their visit, they came to this one refugee camp, and for some reason he was exceptionally touched by the people in this camp.
They gave each of the 50 families a week's pay ($25)...and the people were so overjoyed because this meant they could go buy the very basics that we
take for granted - toothpaste, hygienic products, and items their children needed.
I hope the aide is being used appropriately. Because if these desperate people end up with 100,000 blow dryers, we're going to have to send
computers so they can sell them on ebay!
[edit on 2-9-2005 by Valhall]